A couple of weeks ago, the international governing body of motor shows announced that it is going to give international accreditation to the New York auto show.
The world's big shows -- Frankfurt, Paris, Tokyo, Detroit and Geneva -- all have international accreditation.
Then, the governing body announced that Chicago would have the same accreditation, and even the Los Angeles auto show.
Then we heard the catch: Each one will get the designation every third year.
So now each of the three auto shows will be an "official" auto show every three years. Toronto has an "official" auto show every other year.
And the international motor show in Detroit has the "official" designation every year.
That's kinda like car awards -- so many you can't keep them straight.
Consumers love auto shows. In the United States we probably have a hundred shows, big and small, because dealers found out a long time ago that customers want to touch and feel things and slam doors and open trunks. It's fun.
And manufacturers like auto shows. It's a great opportunity to introduce models and show prototypes to gauge consumer interest. And when you have 7,000 members of the press in attendance, as they do in Detroit and Frankfurt, it's no wonder that the manufacturers like to introduce products there.
But it does seem a bit incredible that the international folks have decided to slap the "international" tag on all those shows.
It's simply too many.
Let's face it, Detroit is the international motor show for North America. And I love the New York and Chicago shows; they are great. But it's getting harder and harder to attend all the shows around the world, not to mention the North American shows.
The one new idea that's in the works for next year will be in Washington.
There won't be a press day. Instead, the sponsors will invite government officials to come and view the vehicles.
And they will encourage manufacturers to display all their innovative technology, such as hybrids, hydrogen power and whatnot for the government folks. I hope they pull it off; it could be a great idea for getting the messages to the government people.
Meanwhile, the rest of the world will worry about today's shows and take a look once again at what's going on around the world.
It won't be long until Detroit kicks off the next calendar year and we start all over.